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Lee County Stars take center stage for students

Posted Thursday, August 13, 2009

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Sanford, NC 7/14/09 – Lee County celebrities will strap on their dancing shoes as Communities in Schools of Lee County and Wyeth host “Dancing with the Lee County Stars” at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center on August 21, 2009. Like the ABC hit show, couples comprised of one local star and one professional dancer will perform a choreographed routine and the audience will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite. Professional Dancers and their celebrity partners came together recently for a meet and greet opportunity. Although some had already begun learning the steps to ballroom and shag numbers, others had not even met their partners until that event.

Tickets for the August 21st event are currently on sale online, through local dancers and stars of the event, as well as through the local CIS office, located off Carthage Street. Tickets cost $100 per couple/ $50 individual and include dance performances as well as a “Taste of Lee County” provided by local restaurants, including Amy’s Confection Company, Bella Bistro, Café 121, Fresh Choice Café, Harris Wholesale, Myra’s Kitchen, and Smith’s Coffee and Bottled Water.. Additional ticket locations will be announced in the next few weeks. For sponsorship opportunities, call Laura Biediger at (919) 718-5426. The winner will be determined by a combination of fundraising and voting.

Voting for your favorite star is made easy with online ballot votes. Before the event, friends and fans may vote early and often for their favorite couple at $10 each vote! Additionally, tickets and sponsorship purchases can be designated to a particular couple to count toward their fundraising efforts. Although there are weeks before the event takes place, there will be a preliminary couple in the lead with the most money raised. To insure that your favorite couple takes the lead, vote online or you may vote the night of the event.

The six local female stars are: Jan Stewart, Director of Pharmacy, CCH; Jo Jarrett, Plant Manager Hanes Brand and Chamber of Commerce Board Chair; Page Cabe, owner of Paige Cabe Attorney Office; Ellen Mangum, Lee County School Board Chair; Joni Pavlik, Dean of Business Technologies, CCCC; and Kathryn Southard, Miss North Carolina 2009.

The 11 local male stars are: Billy Liggett, Editor of Sanford Herald; Chef Gregg Hamm, owner of Café 121 and teacher of culinary arts at LCHS; Wing Man Tam, Senior Director at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals; Carl Bryan, Social Science & Wellness Chair, CCCC; Jeff Smith, Lee Tire & Supply; Bill Stone, 4H Youth Development Agent; Joe Delvecchio, owner of Local Joes; Mike Neal, Director of Student Activities, CCCC; Toni Davenport, owner of J.T. Davenport; Brad Hunter, owner of School Dude/ House of Pain Wrestler; and Tracy Carter, Lee County Sheriff.

The 18 local dancers are: Bud Hunter, Carolina Shagg and Sanford Nautilus; Karla Koballa, Cooper Mechanical; Dana Slate, Kelly’s School of Dance; Courtney McCullough, Lee County Partnership for Children; Dana Atkins, DWA Photography; Carolyn Schaeffer, Carolina Trace Players; Courtney Smith, Dance Student; Scott Schaeffer, Carolina Trace Players; Kenneth Neilsen, DK Clay; Audrey Stone, Greenwood School Counselor; Amy Burns, Amy’s Confection Company; David Morse, Sports World; Stephanie McQuain, Carter Bank & Trust; John Mangum, Sanford Medical Group; Janel Livingston, Dance Student; Matt LaSasso, Liberty University Senior; and Edwardo Hollingsworth, Cosmetology Instructor with CCCC.

The funds generated by the Dancing with the Lee County Stars will support local children and families through programs that bring community resources into Lee County Schools. Current programs include BackPack Pals, Adopt-a-School, e-mentoring, Teacher Resource Room, and much more.

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